The Manchester Giants make their longest road trip of the BBL season this weekend as they head to the South Coast to face the Plymouth City Patriots.
Just under 300 miles separate the two teams’ home arenas, but heading into Sunday’s fixture the guys in green are six points ahead of their opponents having played the same number of games.
The sole fixture in the Giants’ November schedule, they will be looking to make a statement away from home and pick up their second road win of the season.
The Giants sit fourth in the table with five wins and three losses so far in the BBL Championship.
The hosts – the BBL’s newest franchise in just their second campaign – will front up against the Manchester outfit in their second meeting of the season so far.
The two sides last faced off on the 2nd October here at the National Basketball Performance Centre.
On that occasion, Vince Macaulay’s team ran away as comfortable victors with a scoreline of 92-79 on the back of an outstanding 28-point performance from Tajh Green.
He is quickly becoming one of the box office stars of the league in his first year as a professional player, and sits third in scoring in the BBL with an average 21.0 PPG.
It was also a game where the whole roster played a vital part in the win, with bench contributions adding 26 key points to the score.
Rahmon Fletcher – the league’s leading assist-maker with 9.4 APG – will seek to facilitate buckets all night long as the Giants’ team captain continues to build on-court chemistry between players.
Macaulay will hope his side can replicate this solid performance and build on their spotless record at home this season.
Victory on Sunday afternoon would boost the team’s away winning record to 50% and bring them level on points with Leicester Riders – the league’s current third-placed team.
The 3pm tip-off will give fans their only chance to catch some Giants basketball this month – but it is set to be another exciting game in the fiercely competitive BBL Championship.
By Nathan Blackwood